Friday, May 21, 2010
A Cast of Thousands
I've based characters I've met at my local gym (that's a goldmine!), neighbors, friends, celebrities, even family members. Sometimes a character can have traits--both physical and emotional--in several people that I know. And sometimes a character might come straight from my imagination, like Aiyana in my latest novel, CAPTIVE SPIRIT. The same goes for her love interest, Honovi, although physically I saw Adam Beach in my head as Honovi's character began to take shape on my page. Adam Beach was in one of my fav indie films called SMOKE SIGNALS (1998), and the screenplay was written by Sherman Alexie, one of my fav writers. I think Beach is a tremendous actor, not to mention incredibly handsome. And majorly hot!
As writers, where do you come up with your characters? And, readers, do you like it when an author fully describes and fleshes out a character for you in a story or do you prefer that the author leave some of the details to your imagination?